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NaturalNano Announces Successful Formulation of Pleximer™ Adhesives and Protective Coatings

Published on 2007-06-29. Author : SpecialChem

ROCHESTER, NY -- NaturalNano, Inc. (OTC BB:NNAN.OB - News) (Frankfurt:N3N.F - News), a materials science company, announced the successful formulation and testing of adhesives and protective coatings using high loadings of halloysite nanotubes (HNTTM) in a variety of polymers. At HNT concentrations as high as 20%, the adhesive showed a storage modulus (a measure of the amount of strength, or stiffness, of the layer) that was ten times higher than that of the polymer alone. This was achieved with minimal loss in adhesive tack. The polymer coatings were transparent at all HNT concentrations. Significantly, the HNT dispersion was stable at these loadings in all polymers tested.

Pleximer, which NaturalNano plans to offer commercially in fourth quarter 2007, is a turn-key nanocomposite additive enabling stronger, lighter, and less expensive materials for the multi-billion dollar polymer composite industry.

"These exciting results show the versatility of halloysite nanotubes as additives in a wide variety of polymer products," stated Cathy Fleischer, PhD, President and CTO of NaturalNano. "This will enable us to extend our Pleximer technology to a broader market including the adhesives and coatings industries." Adhesives and coatings are used in a wide range of markets, including electronics, consumer products, paints, automotive, and aerospace.

The Company filed applications for two patents covering HNT coating compositions and processes, citing claims for applications involving adhesives and functional coatings. Pleximer coatings can be formulated to provide layers with improved abrasion resistance and strength. In addition, unique functionality can be obtained through filling the halloysite nanotubes with materials to provide lubricity, antimicrobial, flame retardance, or other properties of interest.

"Strengthening our intellectual property position has been a long term goal," Dr. Fleischer said. "These patents will help to protect our technological advantages over competitors."

About NaturalNano, Inc.

NaturalNano, Inc. (OTC BB:NNAN.OB - News) (Frankfurt:N3N.F - News) is a nanomaterials company developing proprietary technologies and processes for providing novel properties for a wide range of applications. These include industrial polymers, plastics and composites; and additives to cosmetics, agricultural, and household products. NaturalNano holds over twenty issued or pending patents and proprietary know-how for extraction and separation processes, of halloysite and other nanotubes, in combination with other materials for a wide range of applications.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events and future performance of NaturalNano that involve risks and uncertainties that could materially affect actual results. This information is qualified in its entirety by cautionary statements and risk factors disclosure contained in certain of NaturalNano's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The most recent annual reports on Form 10-KSB and quarterly reports on Form 10-QSB filed by NaturalNano provide information about these factors, which may be revised or supplemented in future reports to the SEC on those forms or on Form 8-K. We caution investors not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or other such factors that affect the subject of these statements, except where expressly required by law.

Source: NaturalNano, Inc.


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